CORNELIUS, N.C. -- A fast-moving storm swept across Lake Norman Friday afternoon, toppling trees and leaving streets a mess, but luckily causing no serious injuries.
A huge tree cracked and slammed down on the back of a home on Forest Shadow Circle in Cornelius.
The homeowners were out of town at the time and neighbors had to break the news to them by phone.
"We gave them a call when the storm was over and they are on their way home now to assess the damage," said Joey Ruggerio, who lives across the street.
The massive tree split open the top floor and emergency crews were called to turn off the power and water.
Ruggerio said the family that lived there was very surprised.
"They had no idea a storm of this magnitude was coming through Cornelius," he said.
The storm pounded the area for about 20 to 30 minutes. It was not so much the volume of the rain but rather the power of the wind.
"The wind was blowing in every direction and trees were going every which way," said Cornelius resident, Chris Venkus.
In nearby Davidson, a large tree fell on the college campus.
"It was crazy. I looked out of my window and the tree was almost completely over," said student, David Heilbron.
As so often happens when the storm passed, there was a rainbow, and as bad as it was for a time, there were no serious injuries.
As he looked as his neighbor's home and the tree on top of it, Ruggerio said, "It's a shame it happened to their house, but it's nice that no one was home."